The Story of God

Please go watch this BBC documentary on the the history of Abrahamic religions.

There are three of them.

You may have heard of them.

You may even think you like one of them over the other two.

The link will take you away from Le Café. Please take a look and come on back to let me know what you think!


An Example of Forgery in the King James Bible

So if Bart Ehrman says it, it must be true right? Or maybe Bart’s wrong. Have you ever looked into these matters yourself? I admit that I didn’t do it as a young Christian, but once I looked into the history of the bible, all the questions I had were answered with, “The bible is effectively chockfull of errors and therefore can’t be the source of deified perfection that believers believe it to be.”

I mean, how do believers respond in deferenece to physical proof that the Bible was manipulated for many years- 100s of years!- then use that book as support for superstitious tradition?….

Or maybe the historians got it wrong …

Of course, you can find all kinds of rationalizations written by Christians — none of which forward any plausible explaination.

I mean, what do believers say to these types of things that have physical proof in which the bible was manipulated many years — 100s of years! — later to support a superstitious tradition …

Or maybe the historians got it wrong.

Of course you can find all kinds of disputes written by Christians with no great argument. Go here for a google results page.

The religious want you to invest in their ridiculous, see-through, emperor’s clothes, and there are a growing number of us trying to point out why you shouldn’t dump your life for the sake of a really bad argument.

Saturday’s rapture comes to mind. I looked up Jesus’ second coming and Matthew 24:34. There are endless sites blathering apologetically for Jesus’ miscommunication of returning within a generation. Believers admit that the bible is sticky on the subject, and quote blabbermouths like CS Lewis endlessly on the subject. They say that it’s a writer’s typo caused by excitement at the time.

All of the back peddling and verbal contortion can’t change the teachings (that I was taught) that the bible is infallible and the word of god. There should be no mystery. There should be no question. Because if there is question at all, then Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc. are all valid if the American religion of bizarre Paul-inspired “Christianity” is so visibly and remarkably chockfull of error.

But what do I know, right? I’m going to post a conversation that a youth pastor had on facebook later today. It shows that there are Christians who point out how imbecilic the rapturists are … because no one knows the time or date of the rapture … all while ignoring Matthew 24:34.

I wish I lived in that kind of great fantasy where I could make up whatever the fuck I wanted to about anything of any importance, and have people invest in my ideas. No, that’s not the way it works. If I want respect or “belief” in Jeremy … I have to PROVE it. Somehow, Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Abraham, Zoroaster … these guys are exempt from having to prove themselves.

“No, no, Mr. Big Corporate Client, this photograph is amazing! The color isn’t washed out. The focus is spot on. It’s completely a clear and gorgeous photograph and you should pay me one million dollars for having produced such an amazing work. Please, please, please hire me again. Please please please devote your life to the shit product I’m selling you.”

That’s religions in a nutshell. It’s a bad product with a bunch of really good people repeating odd PR slogans and flimsy rhetoric hoping that the marketing is effective enough to beguile the gullible.

Cross on Evolution: Where’s the insult?

Cover of "I Drink for a Reason"
Cover of I Drink for a Reason

I’m a Cross fan. No, not the little, lowercase “T” that people wear around their necks.

I’m a David Cross fan. He’s a standup comedian and actor. I have been a fan for a while. I have one album, Shut Up You Fucking Baby, that cracks me up every time I listen to it.

I’ve been reading back through a copy of Cross’ book, “I Drink for a Reason.

I hit a section last night that I wanted to post here. Well, really, I want to post all of it. But there are laws against re-publishing books without permission. And I’m a law-abiding kind of guy.

In a chapter called, “Ask a Rabbi!” Cross talks about how he’s criticized as a “self-loathing Jew.” He talks about it for a few lines and talks about how he’s an atheist. If you know anything about Judaism, no matter if your religious or not, you’re always a Jew.

And then he says, “And if I’m not being accused of being self-loathing, then ‘condescending’ is usually hiding just around the corner.”

I can attest to being called “condescending.” I’ve even been hit with bigoted, vile, vicious and the like. And I follow the mindset that being called a condescending atheist is an incredible irony considering I don’t tell people they roast for eternity in hell if they don’t agree with my views. If you don’t believe like me, the worst you’re going to get is, “Are you nuts?” or “You believe in a talking snake over the scientific method?”

What’s more condescending? “Because you don’t believe in my friend Jesus, you’re going to roast in hell for all of eternity being tortured by God’s enemy Satan?” or “You’re a numbnuts for thinking there was a global flood, sent by a loving god to destroy all of mankind and all but the animals on a big boat built by a man named Noah, a man who purportedly died at age 950.”

Okay, Numbnuts for Noah is the most condescending-est thing ever said! You win!

After Cross talks about condescension, what he said made me think about the events of the past few days. Cross writes:

Of the very many scientific “theories” that get Christians, Jews, and Muslims frothing with anger, one of my favorites is the one that posits that humans evolved from monkeys. The reason it makes me giggle like a schoolgirl in a 1930s film is not that they think the theory is utter shit but that they are actually insulted by the idea. Insulted?! Does it make the current you less of a person? This long, slow process started hundreds of thousands of years ago. It’s not like they are implying that your grandma was a monkey fucked by a drunken atheist who broke into a zoo and had a little harmless monkey fucking fun and you were born from a filthy human/ape hybrid. I mean, just exactly where is the insult? They are the smartest animal on the planet and, like humans, one of the few that will indiscriminately kill its own kind for no practical reason (e.g., for food or procreation), so why is this so hard to fathom?

One thing that bothered me back when I was a believer, I can remember understanding how deeply condescending the idea of Christianity was. I knew that telling people things that they would consider had no proof were far more insolent than having proof. Of course, I thought I had proof. The proof was what I was taught from day one.

But I knew it. How is it that Christians aren’t able to admit what is incredibly obvious?

Maybe that’s what opened the door for me to walk out, and it’s what keeps others safely within the mindset.